Car Accessories And Gadgets

By Owen Jones

The majority of drivers love gadgets and accessories and the chances are that, if you own a vehicle, you do as well. Drivers love accessories and gadgets from the modest dashboard compass or radio to the on board satellite navigation system and the sophisticated CD or even DVD player. They augment the enjoyment that you derive from your driving experience and help turn your car into a copy of the comforts that you have at home.

If you travel a great deal, driving can become boring and so some accessories and gadgets are designed to assuage that boredom although they should never divert the driver's attention from the primary job in hand, which is getting safely from A to B. I have listed a couple of the most popular, non attention-diverting accessories and gadgets below so that you can see how many of them you already possess.

The number one, all-time favourite is the car radio, although this was long ago upgraded to the car CD , DVD or even MP3 player. Few drivers would be without their car stereo. The car stereo can be a very functional tool too, because you can set it so that, even if you are playing CD's, the radio will cut in if there is a significant road traffic announcement that will or could affect you. This can be invaluable information, particularly if you do not have the next device.

The next most popular modern gadget is satellite navigation, often called sat nav or GPS, which stands for 'global positioning service'. Sat nav can replace the radio announcement cut-ins and even go two steps further by suggesting an alternative route in order to circumvent the impediment and giving you directions how to do it.

An important piece of equipment that every driver must have in the boot is jump leads. Fan belts slacken, batteries short out, all kinds of items can happen, but if you want to get on the road again without delay, the best thing you can have if you have a flat battery is your own set of jump leads. It is no good depending on someone to stop and help you get your car started hoping that they will have jump leads. Get your own, they only cost a couple of dollars.

If you have children that are a pain in the neck on long journeys, why not get them an in-car entertainment system? Strapped or cut into the rear of the front seats, the screens can display video games or films - a bit like aircraft seats, but more so.

If you like to travel fast but are fed up with speed cameras, why not fit a speed camera detector? They are not that dear and can be installed by yourself DIY. It could save you hundreds in fines and even your license.

In truth, there are far too many car accessories and gadgets to be listed here and I am sure that you could cite a dozen that I have left off, but the point is simply that car accessories and gadgets can augment your driving experience and that is what it is all about at the end of the day.

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